PlayStation’s E3 2015 press conference will go down in history as one of the most memorable ones to date. With announcements of games like Final Fantasy 7 Remake, The Last Guardian, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Hitman and more, it was an incredible show.

Adding to all of that was the announcement of Shenmue III. Well, it was an announcement of a partnership to develop the game with funds also raised on crowdfunding website Kickstarter. The world erupted and the campaign went on to raise $6.3 million from 69,000 backers.

A constant stream of updates have been available on the game’s progress and an aciting one was announced today. It was announced that Keiji Okayasu, game director for Shenmue I, has joined the production team for Shenmue III. Developer Ys Net revealed Okayasu’s role will be as a sub-director for the game.

Bringing back the greats

In an interview accompanying the announcement, Okayasu, who also served as sub-director for Shenmue II for about “70 percent” of the game, discussed how he would help the production of Shenmue III.

“Of course I want to help finish the game, and do it so the fans will be satisfied.That means making it interesting for everyone who played I and II, and everyone who will be experiencing Shenmue for the first time.


What I personally want to stress for my part, is what makes Shenmue, Shenmue. The game has an utterly unique atmosphere, and I want that all to be breathed in. As you play along, you feel the ambiance, the milieu, from place to place, getting that full sensory experience… With Shenmue III that aspect will not be disregarded, and I will keep it alive and well as we continue development.”

It’s really exciting news that the original games director has joined the team to make Shenmue III even better. If you want to check out the full interview with Okayasu-san, you can find it over on the game’s Kickstarter page.